Right from the start let me say this is a very sad, very hard to read, very well written book that I HIGHLY recommend. Reading Violence Begets…, have your tissues ready by your side, and whatever you are drinking or munching on because you will not want to put this book down.
This is the story of Rick, a young man in his senior year of high school, who meets Kevin, and a destructive relationship begins.
Rick is living with his father and step-mother, and his little sister. He is filled with guilt because of the death of his brother, and this has affected his life. And not only him; his father has turned into a monster since the death of Jason, and abuse is hard and often for Rick. His step-mother has chosen not to see what is happening, and instead blames Rick for his father’s total change.
Kevin is living in the house of his father, a business man and church leader who holds no feeling stronger than appearance is everything, so expects perfection from his son. But behind closed doors, he is a sadistic man who takes delight in using fear and pain to attempt to control his son. Kevin, however, has been going through it long enough that he has found escapes, the power of manipulation.
He runs away to bars and sells himself for money, and then uses that money to control his gang of three friends.
Into this group walks Rick, who has just moved to the town. He becomes involved in the life of Kevin, who soon realizes that Rick is not as easy to control as the others. Thus starts a relationship that is tense and suspicious at first, and becomes a love story that is at times fun and exciting, and at other times, violent and angry. It is definitely a roller coaster throughout the story. And the relationship does not end well, which is why you will need your tissues.
This book grabbed me right from the beginning because I could see it was totally new and different, and that it was so unpredictable all the way through, that I just kept reading and reading. The character development is intense and complete.
You know both Rick and Kevin, and the fathers, who have everything to do with how the story ends. The side friends are just that, not real parts of the story, but are needed to show the personalities of the two main characters.
Violence Begets… by PT Denys is not to be missed. It will tear your heart out, and make you realize there are things going on behind closed doors that responsible people need to keep a suspicious eye out for. I will never forget this book!
Book Description After a tragic accident devastates his family, 16-year-old Rick St. James starts his junior year of high school without any friends in a suburb of Salt Lake City, Utah. When he meets Kevin Vincent, he’s too distracted by the promise of new friends to see that Kevin has secrets of his own.
Having created an environment where he’s feared and admired by his classmates, Kevin finds pleasure in using his good looks and violence to control and manipulate those around him. Secretly, he cruises the gay club scene, turning tricks to earn money so he can party and get high.
As Rick’s dad becomes increasingly violent and abusive at home, the two form a surprising and volatile trust. In this battle of wills, their precarious friendship will either keep their lives from blowing up around them or possibly light the fuse that will cause the explosion.
Violence Begets… was last modified: June 21st, 2014 by GGR-Review